Friday, August 30, 2013

Cavendish Update: 8/30/13 News/Almanac/Retreat/News

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The 8/30/13 Cavendish Update Contains:
1. Cavendish Related News
2. How Accurate is the Farmer’s Almanac?
3. Caregiver Rejuvenation Retreat
4. Events

McCallum: Rebuilding in Cavendish: Mary McCallum, Proctorsville resident, remembrance on Irene for Vermont Public Radio 

Out for a Morning Swim
Winners of the 2014 Cavendish Photo Contest: The voting has ended and the results are in.  We have winners and we have our 2014 calendar selections from our annual CCCA Calendar Photography Contest.  Entrants submitted photos this past spring and they were displayed at numerous venues around town.  Cavendish residents cast their ballots for the best photos and here are the results. Winner of the Best in Show award is Tim O’Donoghue for “Out For a Morning Cruise”. Winner of the Judge’s Awards are Jim Fisher for “King of the Roost”, Lydia Churchill for “Shelter” and Emery Benoit for “Summer Girl”. For a list of all the winners, and which month they will appear in the coming year’s calendar, go to

Ludlow Looking to BanDrift Tikes: On Sunday, two drift trike riders slammed into a motorist heading up the Okemo Access road. Both riders were airlifted to Dartmouth, where one remains in critical condition. Culminating a variety of close calls, police chief, Jeffrey Billings says "I'm going to push the town to see if we can do an ordinance and ban these from our streets, And I know that may sound tough, but I think we have to do something before someone gets killed." WCAX 

AG Warns of DebitCard Scam: The Vermont Attorney General's Office is warning consumers not to respond to calls or texts about a debit card problem. The office's Consumer Assistance Program says it has received a number of reports of fraudulent telephone calls and texts indicating that the consumer's debit card number has been locked and that the consumer should call a Vermont phone number. Officials say this is a scam to try to obtain confidential personal information. Consumers should not respond to the text messages or call the numbers provided in the messages. Consumers who have responded should contact the financial institution that issued the debit card immediately to protect their accounts. Those with concerns can email the Consumer Assistance program at, or call 800-649-2424. WCAX

Vermont Yankee willclose by the end of 2014: Vermont Yankee will close by the end of next year, ending years of litigation over the plant’s future. But Yankee says financial pressure not lawsuits or legislative mandates are forcing the shutdown. The cost of running the relatively small and aging plant was one factor, but the decision was also driven by an influx of natural gas on the market that has lowered the cost of energy. Burlington Free Press 

Given the latest round of excitement over the 2014 Farmer’s Almanac predicting a snowstorm for the Super Bowl and a cold and heavy snowfall for New England, it’s appropriate to ask how accurate is the Almanac’s weather predictions? As it turns out, it’s no better than flipping a coin. Contrary to their reported 80% accuracy, various studies of the Almanac have come closer to 50%. Read the studies online. 

A free retreat for family caregivers of elders will take place on Saturday, September 21, 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. “Rejuvenate Yourself” is the theme of the retreat, which will be held at the Nolin-Murray Center in Springfield. 

Vermont caregivers are encouraged to take a “time-out” to connect with other caregivers, gain valuable information, and learn how to lighten their load.

Adult day care will be provided free of charge at Springfield Hospital’s Adult Day Center.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Dennis McCullough, geriatrician at the Dartmouth Medical School and author of My Mother, Your Mother.

The retreat includes opportunities for massage, and door prize gift certificates including an overnight at a local inn.  

This event is sponsored by Senior Solutions and Springfield Hospital’s Adult Day Center, with a grant from the Fanny Holt Ames and Edna Louise Holt Fund.

Call the Senior HelpLine before Sept. 14 at 1-800-642-5119 for general registration. Register for Adult Day Care before Sept. 1 by calling 802-885-9881.

The last weekend of  the summer. Sigh. Make the most of it.  To learn more about upcoming events in Cavendish and surrounding towns go to:

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Chubb HIll is Open!

The work on Chubb Hill is complete and the new access road is operational.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cavendish Calendar Contest Concludes

The voting has ended and the results are in.  We have winners and we have our 2014 calendar selections from our annual CCCA Calendar Photography Contest.  Entrants submitted photos this past spring and they were displayed at numerous venues around town.  Cavendish residents cast their ballots for the best photos and here are the results.

Winner of the Best in Show award is Tim O’Donoghue for “Out For a Morning Cruise”.

Winner of the Judge’s Awards are Jim Fisher for “King of the Roost”, Lydia Churchill for “Shelter” and Emery Benoit for “Summer Girl”. 

The 2014 calendar selections are as follows:
January – “Red Barn” by Hans Schrag
February – “Winter Morning” by Julia Ravlin
March – “Out For A Morning Cruise” by Tim O’Donoghue; April – “Shelter” by Lydia Churchill
May – “Sexy Sadie” by Gail Verheyen
June – “Kiss of Spring” by Kam McIntyre
July – “Ready For My Walk” by Sandra Russo
August – “King of The Roost” by Jim Fisher
September – “Monarch at Mums” by Martha Mott
October – View From Stevens Road” by Jillian Palmer
November – “Looking For Love” by Peter LaBelle
December – “Jewel in The Snow” by Winston Churchill.

Each year CCCA accepts photographs for the contest in late spring.  Voting takes place in early summer and selections are made about July 4th.  Details are set out in a press release and on the web site.  But no one should wait for the announced dates to start taking pictures.  Get out that camera and snap away, the next contest will be here before you know it.

The 2014 calendars will go on sale starting in November.  Watch the papers for an announcement of the sale date.  For additional information on the contest, please call Sandra Russo at (802) 226-7398.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Cavendish Update 9/23/13 Chubb HIll/News/Events/Volunteer

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The 8/23/13 Cavendish Update Contains the Following
1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 8/19/13-Chubb Hill
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Local Household Hazardous Waste Collections September 14
4. Vermont Health Connect
5. African Drumming in Proctorsville
6. Cavendish Classifieds: Job/Volunteer positions
7. BRGN Needs Items for Rummage Sale
8.RiverSweep Sept 7 Volunteers Needed
9. Events

On Monday evening a site visit and public hearing were held regarding the Chubb Hill Road access to route 131. The board quickly adopted the closing of the current road, which runs by Donnie Davis’s house, and the opening of the new one, which bisects his pasture. 

Chubb Hill will be closed on Monday Aug. 26. The goal is to have the new access open by Tuesday evening, Aug. 27, or Wednesday morning Aug. 28. Paving of the apron of the new road began on Aug. 20 and has been completed.

On Monday and Tuesday of next week, Chubb Hill will only be open to those homeowners whose property fronts Chubb Hill. A barrier will be placed at the top of Chubb Hill and East Road, to prohibit other traffic.

With the exception of Davis, who has moved out of state, the residents of Chubb Hill were present, along with neighbors who use this road. There was considerable discussion by members of the audience focusing on one primary issue- there is no written town policy regarding who pays for a road when a homeowner wants to move it.

At the July 2009 Select Board meeting, Davis discussed with the board a plan to change the intersection of Chubb Hill and Route 131. Not only would this protect his home, but it was considered much safer as the current access point was “blind.” The proposed road would go through his pasture. An application would be needed to be filed by the town and it was agreed that Rich Svec, town manager, and Davis would work on this project.

Almost a year later, at the June 2010 Select board meeting, Svec informed the board that people had been inquiring about when the lower end of Chubb Hill Road would be finished. During the previous year, Davis had prepared the land and put in the proposed road. In order to obtain a state permit, engineering drawings would be required and the road needed to be reconstructed to meet town and state specifications. Svec recommended to the board that the town provide some help in moving dirt and other related activities in order to move the project along since the current approach to the Hill was a hazard. Concerns were raised about the town’s responsibility when a property owner wants to move a road. The board agreed that policies around this issue needed to be developed.

Up to this point, two roads had been moved in town (Hoey and Hardscrabble) and the expenses were born by the homeowner. However, neither of these roads were in high traffic areas or intersected with Route 131. Neither posed a risk for public safety in the manner that the current Chubb Hill access road does.

By the April 2012 SB meeting, survey work, paid for by Davis, had been completed. At that time, the board agreed that the property exchange be worked out and the goal was to have it completed by the end of the summer.

In July of this year, the board agreed that it was in everyone’s interest to get the new Chubb Hill access road completed as soon as possible. Svec thought that their may be some money in the paving budget to help finish certain aspects of the road. Again the issue of payment came up, with one member of the board feeling very strongly that the homeowner should pay for the road, as had been done in the two previous situations.

The SB voted to complete this project using a 60/40 split-the town paying 60% of the costs and Davis the remaining 40%.

This item was added to the agenda just after the Select Board meeting began. Davis was not present and it was not clear if he had been informed this matter would be discussed.

The sentiment of Monday night’s audience was for the town to complete the project and that Davis not be charged beyond what he has already paid. Further, since the town had no written policy, Davis would have no way of knowing what would be expected of him as far as payment. In general, those who spoke from the audience, expressed frustration not only at the length of time it has taken to improve road safety, but also the manner in which Davis had been treated.

The board will vote on the payment issue at their September meeting. Svec will provide information about the costs involved and what Davis has paid for to date. Members of the audience requested that the board reconsider their 60/40 split vote and have the town pay the remaining costs.  Bob Glidden, board chair, assured the audience that the “Select Board cares and will do the right thing.”

Proctorsville Fire Department Competes in the Firefighter Games: This past weekend the Nozzle Heads competed in the VT State Firefighters Association Firefighter Games in Bennington Vt. The Nozzle Heads took 2nd place in water polo, 2nd place in SCBA endurance, and 2nd place in portable pump. The Nozzle Heads were again awarded the Sportsmanship Trophy for the 3rd year in a row. The team consisted of Firefighters from Ludlow, Proctorsville, and Weston. PVF Facebook page 

Dramatically Revised Lyme Disease Statistics Raise Questions About Risk: A new report from the Centers for Disease Control says 300,000 Americans contract Lyme disease each year, 10 times the amount previously believed by health officials. PBS 

VPR Marks 2nd Anniversary of Irene: Beginning Monday, August 26, Vermont Public Radio will present special news coverage and programs marking the two-year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene. The series will include stories about the ongoing impact of the storm in dollars and cents as well as the continuing personal struggles of families and communities across the state. Press Release 
AT&T Offers Emergency Texting: AT&T Inc. customers can now text for help in Vermont. The wireless carrier has been working with the Vermont 9-1-1 Board to allow users to text 9-1-1 for emergency phone calls. The company warns to text only when calling is NOT an option. It also advises to clearly explain your location and what the emergency situation is. And don't text abbreviations or slang. The emergency services include local police, fire or Emergency medical responders. The board is working with four other carriers for emergency texts. Verizon already has 9-1-1 texting. WCAX 
The Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District is sponsoring free events for the collection and safe disposal of household hazardous wastes on Saturday, September 14. Residents and small businesses from Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Rockingham, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, and Windsor may participate. No pre-registration for residents. Businesses must pre-register and will be charged for disposal costs. The collections will be held at the Springfield Transfer Station from 9:00 a.m. until noon and at the Weathersfield Transfer Station from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Bring in a mercury thermometer and receive a new digital thermometer. For more information, call 674-9235 or click on for a list of what to bring.

Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District is a union municipal district dedicated to providing solid waste management authority, services, and planning to its member towns. The District was chartered in 1982 and currently serves thirteen Vermont towns. This event is partially funded by a grant from the State of Vermont.

Starting in 2014, every Vermonter, regardless of income or employment situation, will be able to have health coverage. On October 1, Vermont Health Connect (VHC) comes on line. This is the state’s new health care exchange for coverage that will start in January. As part of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, beginning in January, all individuals and businesses with fewer than 50 employees will have to go through the exchange to purchase health insurance.

Two companies, Blue Cross and MVP are each offering nine different policies. While all have the same benefit package, called “essential health benefits” they have different out of pocket expenses. Included in the essentials are the following benefits:
• Ambulatory patient services

• Emergency services

• Hospitalization

• Maternity and newborn care

• Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment

• Prescription drugs

• Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices

• Laboratory services

• Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management

• Pediatric services, including oral and vision care

In addition to the federal mandates, Vermont has their own required mandated services -Home health care, autism spectrum disorders for children, chiropractic services, outpatient contraceptive services including sterilizations.

Labeled as platinum, gold, silver and bronze, the health plan with the lowest premiums, (what you pay each month) but the highest out of pocket expense, is the bronze plan. Rates go up from there, with  platinum having the lowest out of pocket expenses but the highest premiums.  For example-a person making $35,000 a year would pay roughly $230 dollars a month for a Bronze policy that has an out of pocket maximum of around $4,000.

If you purchase a health plan through Vermont Health Connect, you may qualify for a subsidy, in the form of a tax credit, that will help you pay for part of your monthly premiums starting in 2014. To determine your eligibility, use the on-line subsidy calculator.

Learn more at the following resources:

On September 10, FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) and the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an important healthcare forum for small businesses and individuals at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium at 6:30 PM.  The event will discuss the implementation of Vermont Health Connect, also known as the Exchange, and how it effects everyone.  FMI: 802-228-7239 or 802-228-5830 or

The musical beat of West Africa will fill the Proctorsville green on Sunday September 8 when Sayon Camara and Landaya drummers kick off the fall Raise the Roof concert series.  Camara filled the Gethsemane Episcopal Church last spring with his spirited djembe playing and returns to the series by popular demand with his full drumming troupe.  The six musicians combine African flute with dunun and djembe drums to produce traditional Mandinka songs and rhythms that take listeners on a percussive, melodic and upbeat journey to West Africa.  The concert starts at 4:00 and donations of $10.00 will help fund future live music in Proctorsville.  Cross your fingers for good weather and bring your blanket and your dancing feet.  In case of rain, the performance will be held in the Gethsemane Church on Depot Street next to Crows Cafe.  Get acquainted with Sayon Camara before the concert by visiting

• Volunteers Needed: Oktoberfest at Glimmerstone Mansion on October 5 (Saturday) needs a variety of volunteers for various tasks.  Volunteers will have access to the music and BBQ (as long as they are 21 or older) and will receive a complimentary dinner for two with drinks at Glimmerstone Mansion. FMI: Call 802-554-0045 For other volunteer opportunities in Cavendish, go to

• Job Opening: LPCTV, “community television for the Black River Valley and Okemo region”, has a need to fill a part-time “Field Producer / Production Associate” position as soon as possible. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and a resume immediately to Patrick Cody 37C Main St. Ludlow VT 05149,

Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its Annual Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, September 27th and 28th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday September 29th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  At this time there is a need for all sorts of housewares, linens and furniture.

If you have anything to donate, please bring it to the thrift store at 37B Main Street in Ludlow or for larger items such as furniture please call 802-228-3663 to arrange a drop off time.  Donations will be accepted at Fletcher Farm in the week before the sale, but are welcome now.  If you are unable to drop off a furniture donation, our volunteers can pick it up if arrangements are made in advance.

For further details please contact Audrey Bridge at the Black River Good Neighbor Services Thrift Store, 37B Main Street, 802-228-3663, or

RiverSweep, a project of the Black River Action Team takes place on Saturday, Sept 7. The Cavendish Recreation Department has “adopted” the portion of the Black River that flows by the park and which can be seen on many spots along the ½ mile walking path. This year, volunteers will be assigned to work in and around the Greven Field area. If you are interested in being part of the effort to keep the Black River safe and clean for our community, meet at the Ludlow Gazebo at 9 am. You will be given gloves, a very cool BRAT T-shirt, trash bags etc. If working in Greven Field, meet by the Green Monster after registering in Ludlow. Pizza follows the clean up at noon. FMI: 802-885-1533 or

For other volunteer opportunities in Cavendish, go to

On Sunday, Aug. 25, the Cavendish Historical Society will be looking at the role resiliency played in the lives of some of its key historical figures (Settlers Coffeen, Dutton, Proctor; Phineas Gage and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn) and its impact on the town. The program begins at 2 pm at the Museum on Route 131 (Main Street) in Cavendish.

It’s back to school for Cavendish students. CTES and GMUHS open on August 28. Seventh grade orientation is Aug. 26 and 27 at GMUHS.

To learn more about upcoming events in Cavendish and surrounding towns go to:

Friday, August 16, 2013

Cavendish Update 8/16/13 SB Mtg/Thank You/News/Events

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This issue of the Cavendish Update is made possible by the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA), a non-profit membership organization that is dedicated to the conservation of land and natural resources and to the preservation of historic sites within the context of sustainable economic growth. FMI: PO Box 605, Cavendish VT 05142 or 802-226-7736

The 8/16/13 Cavendish Update Contains the Following:
1. Thank You CCCA, Sponsors for the Proctorsville Concerts
2. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 8/12/13
3. Cavendish Related News
4. Cavendish Historical Society: Upcoming Events
5. Vermont Golden Honey Festival at the Golden Stage Inn
6. BRGN Expands Furniture Outlet Hours
7. River Front Landowners and Farmers Informational Meeting
8. Events

Since the end of June, Cavendish has enjoyed a series of seven concerts, every Wednesday night on the Proctorsville Green. It’s been a unifying community experience, as people of all ages attended, picnicked, caught up with friends and neighbors, held parties and enjoyed classic Vermont summer evenings.

This series has been made possible by the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA) and the following sponsors-The Inn at Glimmerstone Mansion, Calabrese Architects,  Good Earth Landscaping of Cavendish, Cavendish Snow Fleas,  Black RiverProduce,  Okemo Mountain,  and Cavendish Recreation. 

Thanks to the talents of Sharon Huntley, a variety of bands were booked and  concerts went off without a hitch. She must have an in with the weather man as even on rainy days, the sun shown for all of the concerts and there was no need for the indoor venue.

Special thanks to Peter LaBelle who coordinated press releases and handled the business end of things.

Thank you to all involved. To show your thanks, and to support the 2014 concert series, make a tax deductible contribution to the CCCA, PO Box 605, Cavendish VT 05142. 

Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by LPC-TV and are available at their website and on Comcast Television.

At Monday night’s SB meeting the following items were discussed:
A. Town Roads/Paving Projects/Gravel
• Town Paving: Reclamation on Twenty Mile Stream Rd begins on Aug. 13, and depending on weather, should be finished by Friday Aug. 16 or the beginning of the following week. Work on Tarbell Hill will also begin. Richard Svec, town manager, expects that the roads should be repaired and paved by the end of August.

• Chubb Hill Road: A number of residents who live on or near Chubb Hill Road came to the meeting to express their frustration. The signs of a new road, bisecting the Davis property,  have been in evidence for more than two years. It has been frustrating to see cones and hay bales blocking what is a much safer access to Route 131 from Chubb Hill. Svec explained that the permit from the state was obtained on June 15 and the VTrans site visit took place shortly thereafter. Legally, the town is required to hold a public hearing and needs to provide a 30 day warning period from the announcement of the hearing. On August 19, at 5 pm,  the Select board will site visit the Chubb Hill area, which will be followed by a hearing at the town office. Anyone wishing to comment on the project, and become part of the record, needs to do so at the Aug. 19 meeting.  If there are no objections, the work to open the road will begin immediately.

In order to make the changes to the access road, Chubb Hill will be closed for one-two days. If all goes well, the new access road will be operational by August 23. Closing dates will be posted to the Cavendish VTFacebook page and blog as soon as they are known.

• Gravel: The town obtained a volume of raw material from VELCO as they constructed the Coolidge Substation. This has now been crushed. Lesser quality gravel will be used for projects such as the shoulder areas of Tarbell Hill, while the higher quality gravel will be used to line ditches, fill mud holes in the spring etc. A question was raised about whether the town’s gravel pile would survive a flood like Irene or if  it would be washed down the river. Svec and members of the board explained that the gravel pile was not impacted by Irene and is not expected to be in the event of future flooding.

B. Sustainability
• Zero Sort: Given the fluctuations in the price of recyclables, the Select Board will need to consider what will be best for the town in terms of paying for the Zero Sort service- a fixed rate over the period of the contract or a variable rate based on the rise and fall of the prices of the recyclables. This will be discussed at a dedicated meeting. More information is needed to determine if the town would be best served by ordering a new compactor or going with a used one. Factors like warranties may offset any cost savings from purchasing used. In addition, the Board wasn’t sure if there would be a lag time from the point of purchase to installation for a new compactor. Progress continues at the site and the concrete pad, on which the compactor will sit, will be poured this week. This work is being done in house by Assistant Water Operator Randy Shimp, who has 11 years of experience working with concrete.

The board again discussed how best to educate the community about Zero Sort, arranging volunteers to help see that it’s implemented correctly. As there are several other environmental projects which residents need to be aware of, the board voted to use the town’s bulk mailing permit to send out information on Zero-Sort and several other projects (PACE and Efficiency Vermont programs).

You can learn more about Zero Sort recycling by going to theCasella Zero Sort site

• Composting: The same legislation (Act 148) that is requiring the town to recycle anything they possibly can, requires that by 2017 anything that can be composted be kept out of the landfills. The push is for composting at homes to minimize the need for a central point at the transfer station. Various types of composters were discussed including a “Green Cone Digester” that handles all types of food scraps including meat. Learn more about Digesters.

• Solar Project: Soveren submitted a Certificate of Public Good for the Cavendish project of 150 solar panels. It was rejected as the site would yield more than 150KW. The Certificate has been refilled using fewer panels so the desired 150 KW will be achieved. Through this process, the VT Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) evaluated the project in terms of wetlands. As long as there is a 50 foot buffer the project is fine. Note that the wetlands existed because of a beaver dam, which was destroyed during Irene. The project can easily meet this requirement

There is an issue with taxes as the VT legislator passed a bill that requires an education fund tax on the solar equipment. For the Cavendish project, this would amount to about $750 a year. The question is whether to have the holding company responsible for the solar project pay the tax, which means the rates benefitting the town would be adjusted downwards to reflect that, or increasing taxes,. One way or the other, the tax will need to be paid, and therefore needs to be put before the voters to determine a course of action. 

• PACE: At Town Meeting this year, voters approved the town’s participation in Vermont’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. This is a financing program designed to help qualified homeowners invest in specific energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. Homeowners can borrow up to $35,000 in a low interest loan, which is to be repaid over/up to 20 years. The administrator of this program is Efficiency Vermont. The town’s only responsibility is if a homeowner defaults on their loan, then the town would have to post a lean on the property. This is no different than what is required of the town with anyone that holds a mortgage. According to PACE programs in other states, defaulting on a PACE loan is very rare.

The Select Board was given a Program Administrator Agreement form to review. The town’s lawyer will also be reviewing these materials, and if no problems are found, the Select board will vote to adopt the Agreement at their Aug. 19 meeting. An informational meeting will be held to further discuss PACE with homeowners.

C. E911 Numbers: In order to make it easier for first responders, the town is offering low cost house numbers, installed for free by the Cavendish and Proctorsville Fire Departments. Notice of this offer was sent with the tax bills, and 117 signs have already been ordered. As it is anticipated that there will be a second wave of interest in signs, once the first group are posted, the board voted to extend the date for purchasing numbers. To learn more about the program or to place an order, contact the Town Office 226-7291.

CTES Board Minutes for July 16/ Agenda for 8/20 Meeting: Minutes have been posted to The next CTES Board meetings will be on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 5:30 at the school. The agenda will include information on Roof repair, proposal for Soffit Project, Teacher/Staff Agreement and Bus Route.

Do VT State Police Have to Meet TicketQuotas?: A VT State Police internal e-mail would imply that they do. It surfaced during an investigation into the alleged DUI arrest of an off-duty police officer. Burlington Deputy Police Chief Andi Higbee's stop was part of a state police operation called Sober Summer. It allows certain barracks extra DUI patrols. The internal email obtained by WCAX News shows state police solicited troopers to work a special detail the night Higbee was pulled over. The email instructs troopers to make two vehicle stops per hour. In response to the quota allegations, Vermont State Police Col. Tom L'Esperance issued the following statement: "The Vermont State Police do not use quotas. There are no set number of required tickets or arrests for any trooper; for patrol operations, grant funded initiatives or any other function. The Vermont State Police do set benchmarks for citizen contacts of any trooper working an overtime detail funded by federal grants. These benchmarks ensure that any trooper working a federally funded traffic safety detail is proactively and judiciously using the time to increase public safety." WCAX 

McDonalds in Springfield has been Demolished: Closing on July 28, the McDonalds in Springfield is being replaced with a new smaller building. It will reopen in late October.
Eagle Times.

The most frequent requests for information the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) receives fall into three categories-genealogy, Phineas Gage and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. As it has been since 1976, there are still “no directions to Solzhenitsyn” given, but there is a special summer exhibit about his life.

Since requests for information are received weekly, we started wondering what our early settlers, Phineas Gage and Solzhenitsyn might have in common. Each of their stories are unique, with the common thread being that they all survived considerable hardship and yet went on to thrive. A program on August 25 will explore the characteristics of thrives by reviewing the lives of Cavendish’s first families (Coffeen, Dutton and Proctor), Phineas Gage and Solzhenitsyn.

On Sept ember 13, 1848 Phineas Gage, a foreman, was working with his crew excavating rocks in preparing the bed for the Rutland and Burlington Railroad in Cavendish. An accidental explosion of a charge he had set blew his tamping iron through his head. It entered under the left cheekbone and exited through the top of the head. Thus began the first documented case of traumatic brain injury, which laid the foundation for understanding that different parts of the brain serve different functions. To mark the 165th anniversary of the accident, CHS will hold its annual Gage Walk on September 15. There will be a discussion about Gage before the walk. FMI: 802-226-7807 or

The first annual Golden Honey Festival will take place on Sept 14 from 10-4 on the grounds of the Golden Stage Inn in Proctorsville (Depot Street and 103). Vermont artists, candle makers, bakers and beekeepers are invited to showcase their products. Goodman’s American Pie of Ludlow (Proctorsville residents) will be baking honey themed pizza in their new portable Beehive Oven. There will also be music, kids’ crafts and education workshops. Admission is free.

Vendors (crafters, gardeners, bakers, farmers, artists and beekeepers) are being sought for this event. The cost is $20 for a 10 X 10 booth. Electricity is available by reservation only and costs an additional $5. This fee can be waved if you are willing to present a 30 minute educational lecture or demonstration.

For more information, and to arrange for booth space, contact Julie at

Black River Good Neighbor Services announces the doubling of hours for their furniture outlet.  Formerly open only on Saturdays, the store will now open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 to 4.  Located at 105 Main Street in Ludlow, the furniture store is housed in the former thrift store building that began its life as the town firehouse.

The furniture outlet sells good quality used furniture and gratefully accepts saleable donations.  It is an extension of the organization's thrift store operating at 37B Main Street.  Proceeds from sale of the donated goods go to Black River Good Neighbor’s food shelf and financial assistance programs.  The food shelf serves the towns of Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth and distributes food on behalf of several USDA food assistance programs as well as through its own efforts.

FMI: 802-228-3663.  The Thrift Store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 to 4.  The food shelf is open Monday through Friday from 10 to 3.

The Ct River Watershed Council is sponsoring a free informational meeting on erosion Thursday Aug. 29, 7 pm at the Fletcher Farm (dinning hall) at 611 Route 103 South, Ludlow , VT. If you’ve been affected by erosion, this is a great opportunity to learn about funding and program that you may qualify for. FMI: 802-457-6114

Even though the concert series have ended, Cavendish Recreation continues to sponsor Rec Night on Thursdays at 6 pm at Greven Field. The walking path is a great way to stretch your legs and enjoy the river.

The upcoming week is the last full week of summer for the kids as school opens on August 28 at CTES and GMUHS. Seventh grade orientation is Aug. 26 and 27 at GMUHS.

Make the most of the last days of summer  To learn more about upcoming events in Cavendish and surrounding towns go to:
-  Events listed by month
-  Events listed by day